With Justin Bieber becoming the first person to reach 40 million followers on Twitter (nearly eight million more than President Obama), it has become appallingly obvious that we no longer judge people based on character, integrity or even their contribution to society.
With all of that hoopla that surrounded the American Idol franchise, the effect that it's had world-wide on the music industry, and the legions of fans that it produced, how did something that seemed so impervious to self destruction lose its glorious stature?
Even the most successful people in life get discouraged, experience rejection, make mistakes and doubt themselves. In fact, adversity is inevitable, and it is those challenges that make us stronger.
The night Ellen came out, I felt like my family got an invitation to the party. It hadn't occurred to me that we'd been excluded thus far, but now I saw it. The price of inclusion was noticing that all along we hadn't been included.
In three weeks, I will graduate from UCLA. The greatest advice that I have for incoming and current scholars is simple: be fearless. Face your fears. Don't be afraid. Fear will hold you back. Bravery will push you forward.
When Ellen publicly came out, her mom quickly became a visible ally to the LGBT community. Betty has continued to be a strong PFLAG mom for more than 15 years and is the spokeswoman for Care with Pride campaign, an initiative to educate and raise visibility on issues related to bullying.
Every time we eat meat, it's as though we're throwing away 6-20 calories worth of grains and legumes for every calorie we take in. Plus, we're contributing to exponentially more water use, desertification, air pollution, global warming, global poverty, and more.
I will be watching and cheering for him and I hope he is able to live up to the high standards that many heroes preceding him have constructed by building the pedestal on which he has been placed.
A few friends told me that by thinking about kindness, they began to change the way they lived their lives. I hope that we always continue to be kind.
Singer-songwriter Thom Chacon has elevated his poignant Americana sound alongside that of John Prine, Willie Nelson and Guy Clark, to name but three. Like Woody Guthrie's Dust Bowl ballads, Chacon's characters face hard times and desperation.
Given my personal and professional passion for branding (as owner of a brand design agency), paired with lots of contemplation on gay rights, I have been curious about how the two intersect.
Casual bigotry is dying off. Literally. Old people and their parents with a life radius of 30 miles. Oh sure, there will always be prejudice, stupidity and fear but society is rapidly realizing that "gay" is just another adjective; like blonde or buff.
Zooey Deschanel could endorse special copies of the book doodled up with unicorns, mushrooms and cat eyeglasses. Hey gang! Feminism is cool! Sexism is a drag. Let's dance like robots, like lady robots!
Comedian David Steinberg is brilliant. The gifted stand-up comedian, who made over 130 appearances on 'The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,' skillfully dissects the comedy minds of some of the most creative comedians on planet earth in his one-on-one sit down conversations on Showtime's 'Inside Comedy.'
Same-sex love affairs certainly spike the scandal meter with the added layer of gay drama. Whether carried out by politicians, Hollywood stars or religious leaders, secret gay love affairs have shaken the dust right off history books for centuries.
Let's take a look at some more 'mature' female celebs who figured out a long time ago that life is what you make it. Here are 10 post 50 A-List actresses, singers and talk show hosts who have had a pretty good handle on proper behavior for many years.